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  1. Cosmacelf

    Second row hip room

    While I can measure the hip width of a Model X (I have one), as far as I know, no one has sat in the back of an R1S and measured hip room. They have similar exterior widths with the R1S being about 1 cm wider than the X (but of course, even exterior widths can be measured differently). So, at...
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    Who has reserved and why?

    That's what I originally thought too, but ... if you look at the volume of EVs, you find that Tesla is far out delivering all other EVs combined with their Model 3. CCS ports will only outnumber Supercharger ports IF the rest of the industry sells a lot of EVs. Right now, it is a Tesla world...
  3. Cosmacelf

    Who has reserved and why?

    I agree about the greater range. I took my 90 kWh Model X to the mountains to ski a few days ago and it was touch and go. Huge winds, big climb up the mountain and cold weather all took a toll and I was wondering how long a flatbed tow would take. I made it, but just barely. SUVs need big batteries.
  4. Cosmacelf

    Street rumor that Amazon, GM to invest in Rivian

    Actually let me put it this way, would I invest a fairly large allocation of my money in Rivian with a $2B valuation subject to some due diligence? Heck yes.
  5. Cosmacelf

    Street rumor that Amazon, GM to invest in Rivian

    Confirmed, mostly: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/15/rivian-announces-700-million-investment-round-led-by-amazon.html
  6. Cosmacelf

    Amazon leads $700M investment round

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/15/rivian-announces-700-million-investment-round-led-by-amazon.html If anyone was doubting how “real” Rivian is, this announcement makes it much realer.
  7. Cosmacelf

    Street rumor that Amazon, GM to invest in Rivian

    I don’t know, it just seems that today’s valuations are ridiculous everywhere. It is true that Rivian is years away from revenue. In truth, I’d have to look at comparables of other pre-revenue companies, check their revenue projections out five years, and so on to make an informed comment about...
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    Street rumor that Amazon, GM to invest in Rivian

    Some quotes from the named parties. What’s interesting is that no one is denying the rumor. Amazon declined comment. Rivian and GM issued statements praising one another without denying the reports: “We admire Rivian’s contribution to a future of zero emissions and an all-electric future," GM...
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    Street rumor that Amazon, GM to invest in Rivian

    CNBC just had a segment about this rumor. Haven't found a video of it posted yet. Here's a good write up: https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/posts/3397859/
  10. Cosmacelf

    Tesla's Battery Cell Technology Acquisition: Maxwell

    Here's a good video that gives a lot of background information:
  11. Cosmacelf

    Street rumor that Amazon, GM to invest in Rivian

    The only thing I find odd in this rumor is the purported valuation at $1B to $2B. Seems kinda low.
  12. Cosmacelf

    Street rumor that Amazon, GM to invest in Rivian

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/12/amazon-general-motors-are-in-talks-to-invest-in-tesla-rival-rivian-reuters-citing-sources.html
  13. Cosmacelf

    Why no 800V?

    Oh, and no, there wouldn't be an upgrade path from 400v to 800v. As that article said, there are devices on board that are built for 400V like the air conditioner, air compressor, etc. You'd have to swap those out too.
  14. Cosmacelf

    Why no 800V?

    CEOs just can't help themselves, can they? There was no reason to boast about being 800V ready when it's at least five years away. The problem with 800V is that there is no charging infrastructure for it. It'll be at least five years before there is a usable 800V charging system available...
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    Detailed Rivian History

    This article from UK Autocar is the best overview of Rivian’s early history and why they exist and what their core brand is.
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    Who has reserved and why?

    BTW, in case this gets lost, a Rivian spokesperson was quoted as saying: "[Rivian pre-orders] easily exceeded (our) best expectations". Article here: Why Buy A Rivian? Pre-Order Customers Share Their EV Story
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    Tesla's Battery Cell Technology Acquisition: Maxwell

    BTW, some people are wondering if the ultra cap part of Maxwell is of use to Tesla, especially since Maxwell recently inked a supply agreement to Geely for their hybrid cars. Ultra caps ARE useful for hybrids that have small (or non-existent) batteries. They are used to store braking energy and...
  18. Cosmacelf

    Tesla's Battery Cell Technology Acquisition: Maxwell

    Time for speculation. What does this mean for Tesla, Rivian and the EV industry? Does Maxwell have a patent on their process? Probably. This is something they developed a while ago for manufacture of their proprietary super capacitors (Maxwell is a super cap industry leader). This means Tesla...
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    Tesla's Battery Cell Technology Acquisition: Maxwell

    This morning, Tesla announced it was acquiring Maxwell, a super capacitor manufacturer for about $200M in an all stock deal. I've already seen some reporting of this getting it all wrong, so here's my take. This isn't about the super capacitors. This isn't about acquiring talented research...
  20. Cosmacelf

    Electrochromatic roof

    Well, I've been told that the 787 airplanes have electrochromatic windows, and they darken to a dark sunglasses look. If it's good enough for airplanes, then it should be good enough for cars!
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